Winter Uphill Travel 101 - What you need to know to have fun and stay safe

Your Guide to Winter Uphill Travel

Posted January 3, 2024
Brand Shoot Scenic

The air is cold, crisp and the mountain is quiet. There's a small crush of snow as you shuffle uphill. Uphill? Yes! You can earn your turns in fresh mountain air in the evenings or early in the morning at Park City Mountain. Head up Homerun under the stars or just before dawn to catch an incredible sunrise and get your blood pumping and adrenaline rushing. From skimo enthusiasts to someone trying uphill for the first time, Park City Mountain allows uphill travel on Homerun throughout the season from 6:00 pm - 8:30 am. 

Ready to check out uphill access or "skinning" at Park City Mountain? Keep reading for Winter Uphill Travel 101.

Uphill Access

Park City Mountain allows uphill travel for non-motorized use on Homerun from the bottom of First Time Lift up to the Angle Station (top of Town Lift) daily during the season from 6:00 pm-8:30 am. Access opened for the winter 2023/24 season on December 5 and will be open until the final day of the season.

Designated Route

For your safety and the safety of our operational teams, we ask that all uphill users follow the designated route. The route for uphill travel starts at First Time Lift and goes up Homerun. There are green signs alongside the trail marking the designated route. When traveling uphill, please stay toward the climber's left side of the trail and be mindful of skiers and riders that may be coming down  the trail from above as well as any operational equipment that may be working on the trails at any given time. If you need to take a pit stop (snack break!!) remember to stop in an area where you can be clearly seen from above. Please stay on the designated trail for your safety and the safety of our operational teams. Our grooming, snowmaking and other operational teams are out on the mountain 24-hours a day operating heavy equipment and vehicles.

Uphill Access Rules and User Responsibilities: 

Uphill access is a fun, free, activity that Park City Mountain allows on a designated route during designated hours. Let's continue to keep this a fun, free, and safe activity for our community by adhering to the following user rules and responsibilities.

  • The designated route is: Homerun staying climbers left from the bottom of First Time Lift and stopping at the Angle Station (top terminal of Town Lift)
  • Uphill travel is not allowed beyond the Angle Station.
  • Text "uphill" to 435-244-1769 before accessing the mountain to receive important information including route changes or closures
  • Stay toward the side of the trail at all times
  • Position yourself so you are visible from above
  • Wear brightly colored clothing
  • Wear a headlamp / tail light and reflective materials especially late at night or early in the morning
  • Obey all pertinent signage
  • Avoid all areas where machinery is in operation. Snowcat winching operations may be in progress. Strobe lights indicate that you should avoid an area altogether.
  • Be aware that emergency services are not available
  • Mountain bikes, sledding and all motorized mechanisms for travel are prohibited
  • Animals, other than service dogs, are prohibited

Uphill Access Parking 
Parking for uphill travel is available in the First Time lot. Parking free of charge and without a reservation between 1:00 pm and 8:30 am. Please note: Vehicles are required to vacate Park City Mountain surface lots from 2:00 am to 6:00 am to accommodate snow removal and other operational needs. Daily reservations are required to park in all Mountain Village base area lots, including First Time, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Uphill users who do not have a parking reservation should plan ahead to be off the mountain and exiting the parking lot before 8:30 am to avoid a fine for parking without a reservation.  For additional information on parking at Park City Mountain please click HERE.

Be Safe and Aware 
Uphill users of Park City Mountain assume all risks associated with access. The ski area is not maintained for uphill access and trails are not patrolled outside normal ski area operating hours, therefore emergency services may not be available. Ski area operations are underway 24-hours a day and users may encounter vehicles, slope and trail maintenance activities, snowmaking and other hazards not typically present during operating hours. Uphill travelers must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time. Users are subject to the Utah Skier Safety Act. 

For more information on Park City Mountain Safety, click here. 

Finally, non-lift access to ski area facilities; such as uphill snowshoeing, hiking, or "skinning" may present high danger of personal injury to participants or others and therefore may be limited or forbidden based on conditions, on-mountain activity and/or mountain policy.